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Gail D. (Norman) Ryan

Born: Sun., Nov. 7, 1937
Died: Mon., Apr. 13, 2020


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Gail D. Ryan, nee Norman was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 7, 1937, the daughter of Jacob and Edna, nee Anstett, Norman.  Gail married Ed Ryan on March 23, 1969 at Faith Lutheran Church in Cicero, Illinois, and they enjoyed over 50 wonderful years of marriage until Ed’s death in 2019.  Gail was the loving mother of Andy Ryan and Rachel (Kenny) Andrews and the cherished grandmother of Colton, Owen and Grace Andrews.  She was the dear sister of the late Michael (Roseanna) Norman 

Gail worked at Argonne National Laboratory as a chemist for several years before becoming a homemaker.

She was an active member and volunteer at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle for over 50 years and was a member of the Adult Bible Study class.

Her interests included gardening, bird watching, playing Scrabble and crossword puzzles.  She loved visiting the Morton Arboretum as well as playing bridge.  Gail was a member of the Maplebridge Marathon Bridge Group and the Naperville Park District Duplicate Bridge Club. 

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Please check back for updates.

Gail’s family invites you to visit the “Condolences” and “Photos” page of this memorial to leave a message or memory or to upload a photograph.

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Jennifer McCleary
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
My deepest condolences for your loss. Mrs. Ryan will be missed.

Judy Peters
   Posted Sat April 25, 2020
My heartfelt thoughts are with you,Andrew, and your family at this
most difficult time.

Mary Theilen Wilkerson
   Posted Thu April 30, 2020
Sending thoughts and prayers to Gail's family. I spent many hours working with Gail on Sunday School and Bible School. She was a great contributor to the Trinity Community and will be sadly missed.

Ed and Karen Klama
   Posted Sat May 02, 2020
Dear Andy, Rachel and Family ,
We’re so sorry to hear of your mom’s death so soon after your dad’s. 😢
We’ve known Gail (and you too!) at Trinity for so many years as we joined in 1973. Recently we usually sat behind your mom at TKW and would chat after church. We also shared an interest and would see them at the Arboretum classical concerts years ago. Our thoughts and prayers continue to envelope you and your family. Recently a while back I asked your mom how she was doing and she said she was lonely. Now she’s not as she, too, is in her Lord’s arms. 💕


Deb Worrell
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
The Adult Bible Community at Trinity Lutheran Church sends their condolences to Gail's family and friends.

We are thankful for her time here with us. Gail added much to our discussions, and was always ready to whip out her cell phone to look up answers to open points.

We rejoice that her life continues with the Lord in heaven.

Our hearts ache for her family and friends as they mourn her loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by many happy memories.

Ginny Winkelmann
   Posted Sun May 03, 2020
I first met Gail when she attended Trinity's GriefCare in December following the death of her husband in October of 2019. Gail was strong in her faith and confident that God would be with her in her grief journey. My deepest sympathy to Gail's family as you grieve her loss. It must be difficult losing Gail such a short time after Ed passed away.

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